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Alex Legge

Alex Legge

As an IB diploma graduate from Park View Education Centre, Alex Legge was awarded the Chancellor's Scholarship to attend Dalhousie University where she played varsity basketball for 5 years and is currently in her second year of medical school hoping to pursue a career in Internal Medicine. Alex wrote,"I attribute much of my academic success thus far to my participation in the IB Program and the skills I learned through the IB."

Alexander Burrows

Alexander Burrows with rhinos in South AfricaAlexander Burrows graduated from the IB program at the Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro, June 2009 in the top of his class. He went directly into the second year of the Pre-Vet program at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College as an Atlantic Scholar where he made the President’s List both semesters. In May/June 2010, Alexander spent seven weeks in South Africa with a wildlife vet and a game capture team where he was able to work with rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, antelopes, buffalo, etc. It was while he was in the wilds of Africa that he received word that he had been accepted at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, PEI. Alexander has now completed the first two years of the program and continues to place in the top of his class and on the Dean’s List..

Alexander has twice been a member of the Animal Welfare Team, which has placed third each year, at an international competition held in Michigan each fall. He is currently the Co-President of the Bovine Club and President of the Small Ruminant Club at the AVC.

Alexander expects to graduate in May 2014 with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Thanks to the International Baccalaureate Program and the teachers at CEC that offered Alexander challenges and excellence in education giving him the opportunity to excel.

Brendan Riley

Brendan Riley

Brendan was part of the first IB class at Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School. As an IB Diploma student, he graduated top of his class, receiving the Governor General's medal and the St. FX Presidential Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates the qualities and values honoured by St. FX - notably leadership and dedication in service to others as well as academic achievement. In his first year at St. FX where he continued his studies, he finished as the top ranked student in the faculty of Arts. While in High School Brendan studied internationally, first in Spain, then at the conclusion of his grade 12 year, he studied in Germany. Brendan continues to excel in languages - fluent in English, French, Spanish, German and in April 2011 he travelled to University of Changzhou, in China, where he studied Mandarin and Business.

Brendan is also very involved in the University community as President of the Oxfam Campus group where he worked to raise awareness of poverty issues by organizing hunger banquets, taking part and organizing events and activities for World Food Day, World Water Day, World Women's Day, and the 101 Letter Writing Campaign. In December 2010 Brendan was involved in the St. FX Immersion Service Learning Project, which took him to Guatemala where he worked with the local school aged children in the village of Escuela Neuva Esperanza. He is also involved as an executive member of the shinerama campaign at St.FX which raises money annually for cystic fibrosis.

Brendan is currently finished his third year of studies at St.FX and has just accepted an internship in the German Foreign Affairs department in Berlin, Germany.

Dai Davies

Emma Archibald

Emma ArchibaldThere was tremendous excitement recently at Charles P. Allen High School with the announcement that Emma Archibald, a grade 12 IB Diploma student, had been awarded the McEuen Scholarship to attend prestigious University of St. Andrews in the medieval town of St. Andrews, Scotland. The University of St. Andrews is the third oldest in the English speaking world and will celebrate its 600th anniversary in 2014. Emma was one of several Canadian finalists for the scholarship and was flown to Toronto on April 26th for an interview with the selection committee. In making the award to Emma a representative of the selection committee commented, “Emma was an amazing candidate and stood out in a very impressive field of candidates.”

Emma gives full credit for the support from “her wonderful team of IB teachers at CP Allen and in particular Heather Michael, her IB Coordinator.” The McEuen Scholarship, worth over $200,000, is awarded to only one Canadian each year. It covers all expenses over the four years of undergraduate studies.

Jason Ross

Jason Ross

Jason Ross graduated from the Charles P. Allen IB program in 2011. While at Charles P. Allen, Jason was involved with school musicals and played competitive hockey. Jason completed Visual  Arts HL, English HL and History HL and is now studying at Dalhousie. He plays varsity soccer and has an interest in architecture.

Kerrin Duggan

While Kerrin Duggan did not have high enough marks in her IB results to warrant a major entrance scholarship she has certainly made up for it since.  After graduating from IB Program at John Hugh Gillis two years ago Kerrin enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program at St. FX and is in her second year and she has recently applied to major in Information Systems. After arriving at St. FX, Kerrin was awarded the Heaslip/MacDonald Bursary, a bursary awarded annually to a student who demonstrates determination, varied interests, and stands out as a person who has made a positive impact on their community, either through athletics or community leadership. This past April she was awarded the Ellis Charters Award for Sophomore of the Year.

In her first year Kerrin became involved with the Students’ Union’s Off Campus House Council and was then hired as one of the three Off Campus Leaders for the 2011-2012 year. This year in conjunction with the other Off Campus Leaders, Off Campus was awarded the distinction of House of the Year. She’ll be continuing her involvement with the Students’ Union as Society Coordinator for the 2012-2013 year. She has also been very active in the Student Life office at St. FX serving on the Community Code Review Committee in her first year and the Discipline Committee this year and will be continuing this upcoming year.

Maria Wilson

Maria Wilson
Maria Wilson graduated with the IB diploma from Yarmouth Memorial High School in 2010. At Yarmouth Maria quickly learned to balance her life between schoolwork, a rich social life and a heavy extra curricular commitment. In high school she held a job that demanded 20 hours a week, volunteered at an elementary school breakfast program, co-captained the school volleyball team and edited the school yearbook. Looking back she thinks the CAS component was one of the most valuable parts of the IB program because it pushed her into activities she would never have been involved in otherwise. The Diploma, her CAS activities, her interview skills and her ebullient personality so impressed the awards committee at Mt. Allison University that she was awarded the prestigious Bell Scholarship the highest entrance scholarship the university awards. Maria has since been full value for the award as she has continued her heavy service commitments and won the Mountie of the Year Award in her first year of study. 

Ryan Farrell

Ryan Farrell

Ryan is an Engineering student at Queen's University who is also a member of the Golden Gaels Football team. As a rookie he started 7 games which is, in itself, a huge accomplishment, but when combined with his straight A average Ryan clearly stands out! As Captain of the Citadel High School football team which won 3 consecutive Provincial championships, Ryan is used to hard work.

Awarded the prestigious Chancellor's scholarship at Queen's, Ryan was also recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's medal at Citadel High School and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Medal recognizing Ryan as the school's top academic student. Among the many other things Ryan involved himself in , he was also a member of the Robotics team and served as a peer tutor in Mathematics.

Saba Balvardi

John Messenger, Saba Balvardi and Gary Walker

Nova Scotia’s IB graduates achieved outstanding results in the 2011 IB examinations. Leading the way was Saba Balvardi who achieved an outstanding 44 out of 45 points, an achievement matched by only one IB student in the history of IB in the province.

Saba’s achievement is all the more remarkable because she took an additional IB course, the very challenging “Further Mathematics” on a self–study basis, achieving a top score of 7. No other Nova Scotia IB student has ever attempted the Further Mathematics course.

After receiving multiple scholarship offers Saba decided to attend McGill University in Montreal.

“IB taught me how to manage my time, keep up with a full course load, how to critique and analyze work, and most importantly it taught me about life outside of the classroom. I was able to spend time with people who shared the same passion as me and I was able to make life long friendships,” said Ms. Balvardi.

Saba’s family immigrated from Iran in 2007, and she entered Halifax West in grade 10 speaking little English. She credits the teachers at Halifax West and in particular guidance counsellor Ms. Deborah Noonan with helping her through that very difficult first year.

Saba’s younger sister, Sahar, is also enrolled in the IB diploma program and is in grade 11.

Pictured are John Messenger (Head of IB NS), Saba Balvardi, and Gary Walker (principal of Halifax West).